The CBF’s new incubator program, the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP), was featured in many different ways at the February American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Chicago. Terri Mascherin, chair of the JEP steering committee, offered her insights at a forum hosted by the ABA Legal Access Job Corps Task Force, which promotes innovative programs that connect new lawyers with underserved populations in need of legal services. Terri described how the JEP serves as an incubator for recent law school graduates who wish to form their own socially conscious law firms. Watch the video or find out about the Legal Access Job Corps.
CBF Executive Director Bob Glaves and JEP Director Taylor Hammond spoke on several other ABA panels about innovative solutions to the gap in legal access for low- and moderate-income clients. One of the panels was just featured in the March-April issue of Bar Leader, a bi-monthly ABA publication. The article discussed the creation of the JEP and how it works from the selection process to the innovative pricing models, pro bono training and client referrals. JEP participant Katrice Hall talked about her experience in the program and starting her own successful law firm. Read the article or more about one of the other panels.
We’re proud that the JEP can serve as a model for the country in expanding legal access and that together we’re continuing to make our Chicago community more fair and just for everyone.